Burial Rites

Jóas is Ingveldur's son and Agnes's half-brother. Jóas and Agnes were separated when Agnes's mother abandoned her when Jóas was around one. When Agnes and Jóas coincidently find each other again on their way to Worm's farm, they quickly become close. Jóas hangs out with a bad crowd and seems to have a drinking problem. Jóas disappears one night after he and Agnes fight about their mother, and Jóas steals Agnes's money as he leaves.
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Jóas Character Timeline in Burial Rites

The timeline below shows where the character Jóas appears in Burial Rites. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
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...him about her siblings. She wonders what she will say, since Helga is dead and Jóas is so irresponsible. (full context)
Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
Class, Colonization, and Hierarchies of Power Theme Icon
...One of these farms was owned by Illugi the Black, a married man who fathered Jóas. Illugi died of disease soon after. Jóas was born at the next farm where they... (full context)
Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
Literacy, Language, and the Icelandic Landscape Theme Icon
...bring to talk with her. Agnes tells him about her siblings: Helga, who died, and Jóas, whose whereabouts are unknown to her. Agnes also tells him that Rósa visited her before... (full context)
Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
...down. Agnes says she only saw Helga a few times and she was separated from Jóas when he was one year old. Agnes quietly asks Tóti to talk to Blöndal about... (full context)
Chapter 7
Class, Colonization, and Hierarchies of Power Theme Icon
On her way to Worm’s farm, Agnes ran into her little brother Jóas. Jóas was excited to see her. Agnes was too, although she noticed that Jóas smelled... (full context)
Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
Agnes tells Tóti that, although Jóas liked working on the farm, his friends were troublemakers. Jóas and Agnes became closer. Jóas... (full context)
Women, Violence, and Innocence Theme Icon
Literacy, Language, and the Icelandic Landscape Theme Icon
Class, Colonization, and Hierarchies of Power Theme Icon
...she talks about how a servant named Daníel Gudmundsson had wanted to marry her. After Jóas left, Agnes enjoyed María’s friendship on the farm. María was her first friend, since Agnes... (full context)